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Discussion in 'Education, Learning, Books' started by persistencyiskey, Apr 15, 2019.

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    I'm sure a lot of you have already read this classic, but I just finished it and WOW.

    Tony Robbins is incredible and the way he's able to present all of this information and make it easily digestible is fascinating.

    I strongly feel like this is one of those books that anybody who is struggling to make it as a fastlaner, or even for those looking to just improve their personal lives one step at a time can drastically benefit from.

    It focuses on the basics/fundamentals of human psychology (which are absolutely essential to success not just financially but in life as a whole..the sooner you realize that the quicker you'll begin to grow and gain all of the feelings that you think would come from only becoming rich and successful, such as happiness, gratitude, fulfillment, etc) behind everything that we do (how we are constantly seeking ways to gain pleasure and avoid pain), how we go through our lives with these unquestioned beliefs and convictions which in return dictate our behaviors, the way we act, the thoughts we think and the life we ultimately end up living.

    Most of us live on auto-pilot without ever even digging in to the reasons behind why we do what we do and why we act the way we act...which is sad because it means we aren't in control of anything...we are living a life based on our perceptions of past experiences and outcomes and not the true reality of them, and most importantly not the way we truly want to live. We have the power to control our mind and change our destiny!

    He discusses how the quality of our questions that we subconsciously ask ourselves each and every day and the words we use to craft those questions can have a significant affect on the trajectory of our lives.

    Simply put, by using more empowering words and by asking better quality questions, you can focus your energy on making positives strides in your life versus negative.

    Even though the book is over 500 pages, I highly highly recommend reading it.

    One of the biggest takeaways I got from it (there were a LOT of them), was the concept of determining the types of states of mind and emotional feelings that you want to feel on a daily basis. Then defining your rules about them/how you know when you are feeling them, and then making an effort to figure out how to accomplish feeling each one every single day.

    So many of us go through our lives without ever sitting and reflecting on what our rules are on what happiness is to us or when do we feel most happy. Instead of taking the time to do this and then committing yourself to figuring out ways to constantly feel these ways, we remain in our cycle of habits that we find most comfort in (which circles back to Tony's concept of people linking more pain to changing than to not) which typically revolves around feeling a lot more negative emotions than positive.

    Anyway, just thought I'd share my two cents on the book and would love to hear others input on it. If this convinces anyone to read the book, then I'll have achieved what I sought out to do :)

    Oh yea, I also wrote all of my notes regarding the book on my website right here...wasn't sure if I'm allowed to put it here but thought it would be beneficial for those who don't have the "time" to read it or are just too lazy to do so!
     
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    What was 1 thing that you implemented from the book?
     
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    The link to your website says "server could not be found"
     
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    It's been years since I've read it so I can't remember much other than A) It helped me immensely and B) I still recommend it to this day.

    If one struggles with the head-game (and entrepreneurship is 80% head-game!) I highly recommend it.
     
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    Many! The questions I ask myself and words that I use, I make sure to use empowering words. Also, I have written down and determined what justifies for myself what it means to be happy, grateful, motivated, health, etc, and now when I actually achieve those things each day, I can recognize it and really feel them.

    Sorry about that it had an extra http in it, link has been fixed!

    Yes! Total game changer indeed. It's all in the mind baby!

    It's a beast of a book, but definitely one of my few top that I'll be recommending (outside of TMF/Unscripted of course!) :)
     
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    Well, you just made him a sale right there. Book is ordered.
     
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    One of my key takeaways from the book is the practice of associating immense pain or pleasure to the different facets of your life that you wish to change. Essentially, associating pain to something you don't want and associating pleasure to what you want. Common sense stuff right? Well, I took the advice literally and defined the pain/pleasures in detail while reminding myself of them daily.

    Despite having a six-figure job and being "successful" in the eyes of society, I was and continue to struggle with personal challenges as do many. After learning the principle of pain/pleasure as a motivator, I made several changes that changed my identity:
    1. I quit smoking for good. No more cigarettes or vaping.
      • Associated tremendous pain to the identity of the man that smokes/vapes
        • Created a clear picture of that man being a loser. Lost in a lack of self control, pettiness, reluctance to accept scientific facts, need for distractions, unable to deal with social pressures so needs an "escape"
        • I know this word will get me some backlash, but I don't mean it in a homophobic way. "Stop being such a fag!" is what I used to motivate myself. (a fag in my book is the little loser with no self-confidence, the coward, the petty stubborn idiot).
        • "Stop being a little fag that needs to put a JUUL in his mouth every few minutes"
        • "You're not a 16 year old boy who has his head up his a$$, you know better!"
      • Associated tremendous pleasure to the upside of quitting
        • The goal? Build stamina instead.
        • Stamina is sexy... Stamina will allow me to increase my odds of surviving an apocalypse, of ravishing my woman through the night, of preserving my health to not only play sports with my future children but to actually compete with them. Stamina will keep me lean and fit. Stamina will let me ride my horse through the battlefield of challenge with full armor, to hop off, run 5 miles, swim passed the river, slay the dragon, and conquer the challenge. (all this is hypothetical, but the Warrior is the pleasure concept I used)

    I just realized that was only ONE of the ways I used this principle, and this post is already getting too long. To keep it brief, one year after embracing this pain/pleasure principle and I am in the best shape of my life: I'm currently at ~6% bodyfat, can deadlift more than twice my bodyweight, I do cardio every day and go to the gym for a minimum of 1hr every day. My abs are crisp, and thanks to all the attention I get, I wish it were socially acceptable to walk around shirtless everywhere.

    And to make things more interesting, I'd like to admit that I haven't even finished the book (not even CLOSE)... I avoided the trap of "self-help porn and endless research" and began acting immediately on what I found to be a useful strategy. The book holds many more nuggets of gold, I'm sure of it. But you don't need to read the book cover to cover in order to begin seeing noticeable changes to your identity.
     

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